The Blue Jays are severing all ties with Roberto Alomar amidst sexual misconduct allegation

Major League Baseball has placed Hall of Fame second baseman Roberto Alomar on its ineligible list following an investigation of sexual misconduct allegations, commissioner Rob Manfred announced on Friday.

Alomar had been working with Major League Baseball as a consultant in Puerto Rico and is now banned from working in the league office or for any team in the majors or affiliated minors. He had also been working with the Blue Jays as a special assistant but was let go as part of an overarching restructure by the organization back in September of 2020.
The Blue Jays have announced that they support MLB’s decision and will be severing ties with Alomar. This means that the team will be removing Alomar’s name from the Level of Excellence and removing his No. 12 banner from the rafters at the Rogers Centre.
Here’s a statement issued by the team and one from Mark Shapiro…

Finally, the Hall of Fame issued a statement saying that Alomar’s plaque at Cooperstown “will remain on display in the Hall of Fame in recognition of his accomplishments in the game, and his enshrinement reflects his eligibility and the perspective of the BBWAA voters at that time.”


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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

I regret to inform you that I’m back on my Taylor Hall to the Leafs BS

Taylor Hall doesn’t play defense. This is a fact. A heartbreaking one because the Leafs need defense. The Leafs still would need to find a way to address that need, but the solution isn’t Taylor Hall. That doesn’t mean that Taylor Hall shouldn’t be a target for the Leafs in free agency, because last time I checked, Taylor is a damned good hockey player, one who can make Toronto better, and one that allows Toronto to explore different options via trade later on.

Sources say the Arizona Coyotes are shopping the rights to Taylor Hall.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) October 5, 2020

So that’s the catalyst for my Taylor Hall bullshit this morning. It’s become clear that he’s not sticking around Arizona (no real surprise) and he’s going to hit free agency on Friday. I wouldn’t say that shopping for his rights is a particularly good idea unless Toronto wants to dump some salary in the process of acquiring him or simply feel that having 11 picks in the draft this year is too stressful.

Chris Johnston on Headlines says Taylor Hall will entertain 1 or 2 yr deals.
— NHL Watcher (@NHL_Watcher) October 4, 2020

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

The Hall of Fame cases for a few former Leafs

Later today the Hockey Hall of Fame will announce their inductees. We should all assume that Jarome Iginla will be a part of that 2020 class, and there’s a strong possibility that Marian Hossa will join him. The rest of the class seems to be a pretty wide open field, and one that includes a few former Leafs. We’ll take a look at some of those contenders now…
Most Likely
Alexander Mogilny probably has the best chance of any of the former Leafs on getting the call from the Hall of Fame selection committee today. He meets a lot of the key criteria for entry as he’s been an award winner, picking up the Lady Byng, and 2 2nd Team All-Star selections. He was a cup winner in New Jersey. He was a key member of a lot of strong Russian national teams, and he’s an over a point per game player throughout his career. Most impressively, Mogilny scored 76 goals in 77 games in the 92-93 season, a feat that we are unlikely to see again for a while (or until Matthews gets a shot playing 77 games.)

The HHOF case for Alexander Mogilny:
Highest …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Masai Ujiri is a future Hall of Famer

After a championship summer, the Hall of Fame cases for current Toronto Raptors players were heavily debated. As it turns out, Masai Ujiri has a strong case to get in. In the middle of discussing the cases for Kyle Lowry and Marc Gasol to make the Hall of Fame, one prominent factor of the Toronto […]
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Author: Justin Johnson / Raptors HQ